Ruth Madeley: Actress Says Taxi Driver Took Her Wheelchair Away


This is how it is for disabled people, not just occasionally, but every day.

Disability is not the barrier, but people and systems are and it is way past the time when they should not be.

This has been the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005 and then the Equality Act 2010, but they are far from sufficient, as this article shows.

More, much more needs to be done, because people with disabilities should never have to deal with these situations, but they do so on a daily basis.

Same Difference

Actress Ruth Madeley has told of how a taxi driver took her wheelchair away following an argument outside London’s Euston station last month.

The Bafta nominee said the driver told her it was “too difficult” to drop her at an accessible entrance and it wasn’t his problem if she couldn’t use stairs.

After a dispute over payment, she said he then took her wheelchair, put it in his boot and refused to give it back.

Transport for London has apologised for the “utterly appalling” incident.

Graham Robinson, TfL’s general manager for taxi and private hire, said: “We have contacted Ruth for more details so we can carry out a full and urgent investigation.”

The actress, from Bolton, was nominated for a Bafta for her breakthrough role in the BBC’s Don’t Take My Baby before starring in 2019’s Years and Years.

She wrote on Instagram that the driver of the private…

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